Older Adults Can Improve Physical Function
People often associate aging with physical decline, and indeed, “on average, the strength of people in their 80s is about 40% less than that of people in their 20s.” But research suggests that improvements in physical function are possible well into older adulthood.
In a 2009 review of 121 trials, including 6700 participants with a mean age of 60 or over (“Progressive resistance strength training for improving physical function in older adults” – July 2009), progressive resistance strength training exercises were found to “improve physical function in older adults, including physical disability, some functional limitations (ie, balance, gait speed, timed walk, timed “up-and-go,” chair raise, and climbing stairs), and muscle weakness.”
Sarcopenia, a decrease in the amount and quality of muscle, is a major contributor to frailty that can be prevented or treated with appropriate physical activity.
This article was origionally posted on the American Physical Therapy Association website. To check it out, click here.